16 Months - Associate of Specialized Technology Degree
The Health Information Technology program is designed to provide the knowledge and hands on skills necessary to obtain entry level employment in the health care field in areas of health information technology, medical billing and coding, medical records, and medical office assistants.
The graduate will be prepared to accept entry?level positions in the field of health information technology with physician offices, specialty medical offices, health care facilities, out-patient facilities, ambulatory surgical centers, hospitals, insurance companies, third-party payers, or self-employment. Job titles may include Health Information Technician, Medical Records Technician, Records Clerk, Coding/Billing Specialist. Students will additionally have the skills necessary to accept positions such as Medical Office Assistant or Medical Secretary, where the primary responsibility is billing, coding, or record keeping.
Graduates of the HIT program are eligible to sit for the Insurance and Coding Specialist exam offered by NCCT. This test is held at Great Lakes and offered to all students during the final weeks of the program. The cost of the certification is included in the total cost of the program. Certification is not a requirement for graduation. Graduates are also eligible to sit for the Certified Coding Associate (CCA) credential offered by AHIMA or the Certified Patient Account Technician (CPAT) exam by AAHAM, although it is recommended graduates first obtain work experience.
Health Information Technology Job Placement Sites
Below is a list of employers who recently hired graduates of the Health Information Technology Program
Saint Vincent Medical Group, Erie PA
Millcreek Community Hospital, Erie PA
UPMC Hamot Coding, Erie PA
Foot and Ankle Specialists of Ohio, Mentor OH
Arthritis Associates, Erie PA
Medicor Associates, Erie PA
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Stephanie Kranich - Health Information Technician
Great Lakes prepared me by teaching me what I need to know not only in academics, but in dealing with real life situations. I also learned how to work well with other people and developed a great group of friends.